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basketball team and second overall in a team sport. Owen   This game is all about Goliath. South Bend Washington is
                                                                                          Valley won the program’s first regional title since 1994 and   led by the state’s leading scorer, Skylar Diggins. Ben Davis
                                                                                          becomes the first team in school history to advance to state.  is ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today. SB Washington,
                                                                                                                               ranked No. 4 nationally by USA Today, is playing in its fourth
                                                                                          Fast Facts
                                                                                                                               consecutive state finals. Ben Davis is undefeated and owns
                                                                                           • Owen Valley is riding a 17-game win streak, which   the best record in the state over the last two years (53-2).
                                                                                            includes three straight wins against top 10 tournament
                                                                                            teams (No. 9 Gibson Southern, No. 3 Vincennes   Fast Facts
                                                                                            Lincoln, No. 6 Crawfordsville).     • Ben Davis is playing for a third state title all-time (2000,
                                                                                                                                 2001) and making the program’s fourth appearance in
                                                                                           • Fort Wayne Elmhurst captured the school’s first regional
                                           Tournament Preview                               title since 1999.                    the state finals (1992).
                                                                                           • FW Elmhurst has won 10 straight games with the team’s   • With a victory, Ben Davis would become the first girls
                                                                                            only losses this season occurring against state finalists   team to win 30 games in a season and the 14th all-time
                         By RICHARD TORRES                                                  Oak Hill and Fort Wayne Canterbury.   girls team to conclude the state finals unbeaten.
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                         Magazine, Central Indiana                                         • Players to Watch: Fort Wayne Elmhurst – Lecretia Smith   • South Bend leads the state in points per game (80.2),
                                                                                            (5-10, Sr., G): 17.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.4 apg; Lacia Gorman   and has a state best record (102-6) over the last four
          Plenty of questions surround the 34th Annual IHSAA   Rivet – Chelsea Meeks (5-4, Jr., G): 16.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg,   (5-7, So., G): 14.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.3 apg; Liza Clemons
          Girls Basketball State Finals.          4.3 apg; Sara Young (5-7, So., G): 10.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg,   (6-2, So., F/C): 13.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg. Owen Valley – Heather   • Players to Watch: South Bend Washington – Skylar
                                                  5.5 apg.
          Will top-ranked Ben Davis finish the season a historic 30-0                       Gonser (5-9, Sr., F): 14.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.3 apg; Nickole   Diggins (5-10, Sr., G): 29.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 6.4 apg; Takoia
          to win the Class 4A state title? Will Class 4A South Bend   Class 2A Championship  Gonser (5-9, Sr., F/C): 12.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.4 apg; Kaitlin   Larry (5-11, Sr., F): 12.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg; Jasmine Watson
          Washington play spoiler to capture its second title in four   Oak Hill (27-1) vs. Heritage Christian (25-1), approximately   Sweatman (5-9, Jr., F/C): 10.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.1 apg.  (6-3, Sr., C): 11.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg. Ben Davis – Alex Bentley
          years?                                40 minutes following conclusion of previous game.  Class 4A Championship         (5-7, Sr., G): 15.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.7 apg; Bria Goss (5-10,
                                                                                                                                 So., G): 11.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.6 apg.
          Which of the two first-time state finalists will be the newest   Heritage Christian looks to become only the second team in   South Bend Washington (26-0) vs. Ben Davis (29-0),
          champion at Class 3A?                 tournament history since Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (1999-  approximately 40 minutes following conclusion of previous
          Can Class A Fort Wayne Canterbury and Class 2A Heritage   2002) to win four straight state titles. Yet, the defending   game.
          Christian defend their titles? Will Heritage Christian capture   champion Eagles must overcome Oak Hill in a rematch of
          a historic fourth consecutive state championship?   last year’s Class 2A title game. Oak Hill is led by four players
                                                who have exceeded the 1,000-point career plateau.
          Today, the answers will be revealed.                                            Enter to WIN!
                                                Fast Facts
          Class A Championship
                                                 • Heritage Christian is ranked No. 1 in the state and 14th
          Fort Wayne Canterbury (22-4) vs. Vincennes Rivet (23-1),   nationally by USA Today.
          10:30 a.m. (ET).                                                                                           Enter the Raffle to win!
                                                 • The Eagles are playing in a Class 2A title game for the
          For a second consecutive year, Fort Wayne Canterbury   fifth time in six years and are the fourth team to compete
          will vie for a basketball state title. The Cavaliers return   in four consecutive state finals tournaments (Fort Wayne   Stop by the VYPE Tent to enter. During
          four starters from their championship team. Vincennes   Bishop Luers 1999-2002, Noblesville 1987-90, South
          Rivet makes its first appearance at state after knocking   Bend Washington 2006-09).                       Session 1, win an autographed Reggie
          off University, last year’s Class A runner-up, 56-46 in the                                                Miller basketball. During Session 2, win an
          Bedford North Lawrence Semistate.      • A victory for Oak Hill today would give head coach Todd
                                                  Law (99-24) his 100th of his five-year career.                     autographed Joseph Addai authentic Super
          Fast Facts
                                                 • Players to Watch: Oak Hill – Courtney Moses (5-7, Jr.,            Bowl XLI jersey. Winners will be drawn
            • Vincennes Rivet (92 students enrolled) is the smallest   G): 18.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 6.4 apg; Ashley Pickering (6-4, Jr.,   during halftime of the second game during
             school to play in a girls basketball state title game since   C): 16.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg; Lauren Meese (5-6, Sr., G): 12.4
             Washington Catholic (93) in 2004.    ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.6 apg. Heritage Christan – Kelly Faris             each session! All entries must be received
            • FW Canterbury has won 16 consecutive games since   (5-11, Sr., F): 14.1 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 4.9 apg; Claire Freeman   no later than the start of the second quarter
             losing to Carmel, the 2008 Class 4A champion, on Jan.   (5-9, Sr., G): 13.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.3 apg; Liz Stratman   of the second game during each session.
             10.                                  (6-3, So., F): 11.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg.
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            • Vincennes Rivet is making the school’s second state   Class 3A Championship
             finals appearance in an IHSAA team sport and first   Fort Wayne Elmhurst (24-2) vs. Owen Valley (24-2), 6 p.m.   Proud Partners:
             since the volleyball team qualified in 1973.  (ET).                                                                               
            • Players to Watch: FW Canterbury – Tabitha Gerardot   Both teams enter as first-time state finalists. For Fort
             (5-11, Jr., F): 23.1 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 2.1 apg; Cassie Kreiger   Wayne Elmhurst, the appearance marks the first for a girls   Check us out:
             (5-8, Jr., F): 11.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 apg. Vincennes

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